KENNEWICK -- Area baseball fans have come to expect the unexpected once the postseason rolls around, but usually the surprises come once the games have started.
But the CBBN 3A playoffs were thrown for a loop before the first pitch.
The Kamiakin Braves on Wednesday self-reported a player with an expired physical, which will cost them three wins -- one against league champ Hanford and two to previously winless Sunnyside -- as well as their second seed in the district tournament.
The losses drop Kamiakin (8-6) into fourth place and elevate Southridge (10-4) to second. The Suns, who were scheduled to host Saturday's district play, instead have a bye along with Hanford (13-1) into Tuesday's sub-regional.
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Kennewick (9-5) moves into third and will host the tournament at Roy Johnson Field. The Lions will face No. 6 West Valley (4-10) at 10 a.m. Meanwhile, Kamiakin and Eastmont (7-7) will play at 1 p.m.
The losers of those games are out, and the winners play for seeding at 4 p.m. for the sub-regional.
Kamiakin coach Ryan Carter had an optimistic view of the whole situation, saying the team was fortunate the mistake was discovered before the postseason.
"I'm glad they found out when they did," he said, adding that he doesn't expect his team to be too bothered by losing their weekend off. He added that the player has since gotten an updated physical and is eligible.
"It's playoff time and anything can happen. We're excited -- we're playing really well right now.
"They're locked in. Part of it -- last year they saw what it took to get there, and now that we've been to the state semifinals last year, the kids realize what needs to be done. We've been preparing all season for the second season right here, and now we're excited to get it going."